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Verdict in high-profile Edmonton murder trial to be televised

The verdict in the Travis Vader murder trial, who is accused of killing two Alberta seniors, will be televised live, a judge has ruled.

From CP via CTVNews.ca (“Judge allows camera in court for Vader verdict“):

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Denny Thomas says it will increase the public’s confidence in the judicial system, but he adds it’s a one-time ruling.

Several media outlets had asked Thomas to allow the camera in court for his verdict on Thursday. They argued there is public interest because of the cost of the extensive police investigation and trial.

Travis Vader has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the 2010 deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann, who vanished on a camping trip. …

“Public access by live feed is particularly suitable in this case due to the significant public interest surrounding the investigation and trial of the accused,” said the court application submitted by the CBC, the Edmonton Journal, Global News, CTV and The Canadian Press.

“The live video feed will promote the fairness of the administration of justice by ensuring the public receives an accurate account of the decision.”

The Supreme Court of Canada has broadcast most of its cases since 1995 and other provinces have allowed cameras to record some court decisions, says a media affidavit.

The Crown was opposed to having a camera in the courtroom for the Vader verdict.

Tue, September 13 2016 » Media, Minutiae